What is power without farsightedness, says Shri Ram

Life is the most unpredictable gift which comes with a beautiful wrap around it, but one never knows what is in store for us. One maybe blessed with great power and strength, but at the same time, if there are qualities of compassion towards others and a responsibility of self, then the power is only for namesake , but never does good to the world. An inspiration for such intellectual and foresighted thinking is Shri Ram who demonstrates that there is always a reason to do a thing in a particular way.

Bridging the Ocean – Shri Ram with the help of his Vanar warriors builds a great bridge across the Ocean. Shri Ram had all the power to dry the Ocean, but first, he waits for three days as he did not want to disturb the balance of creation. The result was a feat which remains as the greatest human task achieved. Lest Shri Ram dries the ocean up, the world would be in chaos, and it would be a display of harming the world, rather than protecting it. Shri Ram as the farsighted one, respects the rules of creation, involves his army as a team and achieves an impossible task. He believed in success of the whole army, than only he himself being credited. This is a vision of a true leader, who believes in his and his team’s success together.

Compassion towards the enemy’s army – The spies Shuk and Saran were caught by Vibhishan while they try to sneak into Shri Ram’s camp to know the war strategies of Shri Ram. The Vanar warriors get ready to kill them, but Shri Ram releases them. Shuk and Saran themselves are surprised at Shri Ram’s compassion to spare the enemy’s life, but Shri Ram believes that they were only doing their duty. This farsightedness of Shri Ram first, makes him the compassionate one and it creates fear in Ravan’ army that the enemy is not as simple as they think. This vision of Shri Ram enhances the courage of the Vanar warrriors too that their belief in Dharma and Shri Ram is more than enough for them to fight the demons.

Respecting value of life – By thinking far ahead, Shri Ram respects the rules of war and sends Angad as a messenger for the greater good of avoiding bloodshed. This was also because Shri Ram wanted to let know Ravan that it was not only Hanuman, but all his army was as powerful as Hanuman. With this gesture, Shri Ram achieves three things, one is the effort for peace, the other is making Ravan understand his warrior’s capacities and the third is increasing the confidence of his own army by complete trust by not differentiating them from Hanuman. This proves that strategic thinking and calm attitude before even in the greatest challenges of life always leads to success.

Shri Ram’s actions not only make him a great leader, but also teach mankind that with a little foresight and respecting Dharma, one truly can be ready to win over the future and achieve success as gifts of the Almighty. Shri Ram inspires one to believe that power should be used in a proper way while having compassion, or it is never being human in the first sense.